a luxurious Sunday brunch St Regis style

If you’ve never been to the St Regis Monarch Resort you’re missing out on one of the most beautiful destinations in Orange County, if not in most of southern California. Every restaurant in the hotel has a view of the Pacific Ocean — there are six of them — and I found myself one leisurely Sunday enjoying Sunday brunch with my best friend in tow at the resort’s Motif restaurant.

The dining room was already bustling with a crowd when we arrived and were immediately ushered to our table. I decided to do a walk-around to see what my choices were before making a selection.

The salad buffet area was impressive — raddicchio, mache, carrot ribbons, endive, baby greens — as well as an array of prepared salads like Israeli couscous, beets, green beans, buffalo mozzarella, roasted vegetables and more.

There is also a Mediterranean section with hummus, babaghanoush, sundried tomato dip and a bean dip.

We decided to try a little of everything so we made a plan to not double up on anything — make the most of it right? Ceviche was next and it was tart and delicious.

The staff brings over a sample of their signature Bloody Mary mix to all the diners and after tasting it, we both ordered one — yes, with vodka!! It was one of the best Bloody Marys I’ve had to date — spicy just the way I like it. Definitely NOT to be missed.

There is a sushi station with really fresh nigiri sushi — ahi, salmon, unagi, ebi, ikura — all replenished as quickly as the platter is emptied. The plate was flanked by smoked salmon, lox, seared ahi and vegetarian rolls.

The carving station featured prime rib and tandoori salmon if you are looking for hot food, but venture further and you will find scalloped potatoes, veal in marsala sauce, as well as Eggs Benedict.

I don’t have a sweet tooth and I really dislike eating sweet breakfast items, but the made-to-order pancakes were just incredible. They were light and fluffy — like air — stuffed with all sorts of fruit including blueberries, strawberries, mangos, pineapples. In fact, they can make over 200 variations of pancakes with the ingredients available. Can you believe I ate TWO of these????

If you like Belgian waffles or crepes, they also have those. These are self-serve and best eaten when fresh off the waffle iron.

If you want freshly made egg items, you can stop by the omelette station and have them make you one specifically to your needs.

To complete the line-up of savory foods, there is an Asian station with Korean, Chinese and Thai options. Pan fried noodles, egg rolls, tempura, Korean short ribs are only a few of an array to choose from.

And if you think that’s the end of show, boy are you in for a surprise. The dessert spread is in an area all on its own. There are more than 20 things to choose from and each are in its own little shot glasses, or bite-sized, all small enough for you to really indulge in.

When you’ve had your fill, you can relax in the dining room or take a stroll on the grounds and enjoy the fantastic view. Brunch is regularly $69/person, or $79/person with unlimited champagne. Children are $39 (5-12 yrs).


Easter brunch is $105/person with unlimited champagne and $35 for children. 


The St Regis is offering a spa package for Mother’s Day which includes two brunches and a hairstyle/blowout, champagne, and a Davine beauty product gift bag for $210. Additional brunches on Mother’s Day are $95/person. To book this package you must call reservations at 1-800-722-1543 and refer to the Beauty and the Brunch Mother’s Day Package or you can email Judith.Farris@stregis.com


The St Regis has graciously offered a brunch for two to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. Please leave me a comment for a chance to win. If you “Like” both the St Regis Facebook page and diary of a Mad Hungry Woman‘s page, you can leave an additional comment for TWO chances to win. Entries close Sunday April 8 and winner is announced Monday April 9. GOOD LUCK!!!

Sunday brunch at Motif
at The St Regis, Monarch Resort
1 Monarch Drive
Dana Point, CA
Tel: 949-234-3200

Motif (St. Regis) on Urbanspoon


  1. Barbara Tziouvalas says

    The last time j came to this spectacular brunch was when i got married 6 years ago and it was a very nice treat for us…I am a stay at home mom and would love to treat my husband for his birthday and for our wedding anniversary coming up soon…he does so much for me and our three children..I would be sooooo happy to do something for him, and we have been wanting to go back to St. Regis the minute we left:). I like the St. Regis page and your page too on FB:)

  2. Debbie Miller says

    Everything looks great! I’ve never been to the St. Regis for brunch and would love to check it out.

  3. Debbie Miller says

    Everything looks great! I’ve never been to St. Regis for brunch but would love to check it out.

  4. Inge Lazuardi says

    I’d love to get the brunch giveaway so that I can have a nice Mother’s day =) Food look excellent!

  5. Jackie says

    I would LOVE to win a free brunch at the St. Regis! My husband and I got married there and that place holds a very special place in our hearts!

  6. Jackie says

    I “Like” both the St. Regis Facebook page and diary of a Mad Hungry Woman‘s page so I’m taking this opportunity to get TWO chances to win, hehe! St. Regis of Monarch Beach is the best and I’d love to win a fabulous free brunch there!!

  7. Daniel says

    Winning a free brunch at the St. Regis would be amazing!! I’d love to take my wife and relive our memories from our wedding there!

  8. says

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I love the Sunday Champagne Brunch at St. Regis! They are simply amazing, both the food and the view. I would love to win and visit there again!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  9. Barbara T says

    Would love to treat my husband to this brunch since he does so much for me and our 3 kids….*crossing fingers* to be able to go:)

  10. Gilbert Mercado says

    The brunch spread looks scrumptious! My wife and I have never been to the St. Regis for brunch and would love to check it out. Thank you for the opportunity!

  11. Ying Woo-Clark says

    The Last time I went to a great brunch buffet was at the Plaza Hotel in NYC for my sister’s wedding. The photos for the St. Regis look almost as good!

  12. Nancy V. says

    If I’m not the lucky winner, I will have to drop hints for the hubby to take me there for Mother’s Day. That package seems too good to be true (2 brunches, champagne, and hair blow out for $200)? Just “liked” you and St. Regis on FB.

  13. Marni Lombardo says

    This brunch looks and sounds divine. Would love the opportunity to take my Mom there. Thanks so much for the chance. I already “like” you on FB, so I’ll “like” the St. Regis now too.

  14. kiet says

    i would love to take my girlfriend to this place! too bad i’m a broke college student..with a girlfriend

  15. says

    I had no idea the brunch was served and that it looks so yummy. I have avoided Sunday brunches after reading Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation book… he doesn’t paint a pretty picture!! I think I’ll make an exception to this though. Thanks for sharing Anita. :-)

  16. Angie G. says

    Haven’t been to a brunch like this since Vegas a couple years ago and truth be told…it looks divine!! Since starting Nursing school in September, I can’t afford such luxuries but I will definitely spoil my mother and friends once I am able to again… :)

  17. says

    The pictures show a great food. It looks like a great way to spend a Mother’s day on a food tasting field trip to St Regis Monarch Resort!!!

    Field Trip Mom

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